Boston Red Sox: Pete Mackanin Would Be Perfect Choice to Get Team Back on Track

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2011

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Pete Mackanin #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Bright House Networks Field on February 22, 2011 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Pete Mackanin will interview for the Boston Red Sox managerial opening today, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Mackanin has all the qualities necessary to right the ship in Boston after a hectic two-month stretch that watched both Terry Francona and Theo Epstein leave the team.

The Red Sox will start the search for a manager in earnest today when they interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin. Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, a former Sox coach, will interview later in the week.

They are the first of what is expected to be a small group of candidates to replace Terry Francona.

Mackanin is a former player with a laid-back attitude, which will be key to keeping the players loose when the media pressure is mounting next season. Making sure the clubhouse remains a positive environment will be more important than any lineup decision a new manager will make.

The 60-year-old Chicago native has done just about everything a person can do in the game of baseball. From being an interim major league manager, to managing winter ball squads and minor league teams, to scouting and, most recently, serving as a bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Those experiences have allowed Mackanin to relate with players from all walks of life and that's important for a team like the Red Sox, who like bringing in international players.

Since the number of candidates that will be interviewed sounds like it will be limited, Mackanin should have a good chance to secure the job.

He's 53-53 in short managerial stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, which is actually a quite an accomplish for the talent he was dealing with. Given the plethora of weapons the Red Sox have accumulated, he should have no trouble rebuilding the shaken franchise.

There's no doubt that next season's Red Sox team will be under the microscope like never before and that is saying a lot. In order to offset that, Boston needs a manger like Mackanin, who won't let the media become a major distraction.

And that's the first step to getting back on the playoff track.